Real-time advanced analytics: the time is now

The blog originally appeared on Data Center Knowledge

As the data deluge grows in volume and velocity, there is an urgent need for tools that help your organization access, analyze, govern, and share information quickly and efficiently. Everyone knows there is a competitive advantage for those who can gain immediate insights from analytics & business intelligence. But that’s hard to do with yesterday’s computing platforms and software tools.

To make the fullest use of your data, you need next-generation platforms and solutions that allow you to analyze transactional information as events occur, without the latencies that arise when you have to extract data from data warehouses in order to run analytics. This is the idea behind real-time advanced analytics—a concept enabled by the latest generation of the Intel® Xeon® processor.

The new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 product family is designed to make data more valuable for your business through in-memory computing, which stores data in main memory rather than traditional hard disk storage. In-memory database and analytics solutions enable significant performance gains in analyzing complex and diverse datasets. We’re talking about analysis in seconds or minutes rather than hours or days. This is how you get to real-time insight.

In-memory architecture represents a major milestone for large-scale IT systems. In addition to driving orders-of-magnitude improvement in performance, it enables the development of all-new applications. This change in the way data is stored will have a big impact on your enterprise applications and, ultimately, on the way you run your business. It’s not a reach to say that real-time analytics will drive business transformation by enabling faster decisions, better decisions, new insights, and customized products and services. It all adds up to a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

A platform built for mission-critical applications

All of that said, let’s not miss the forest for the trees—the advances in the platform don’t stop at in-memory technology. If you take a step back and look at the platform more broadly, you’ll see that the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family gives you what you really need for your mission-critical applications: leadership performance, world-class reliability and uptime, and the scalability to handle any workload. The platform delivers up to 2X average performance gain, 3X more memory capacity, and 4X I/O bandwidth vs. the previous generation, and is designed for five 9s reliability.

This is a platform built with data integrity in mind—a key concern for mission-critical applications. As your applications move to in-memory computing, you want to have the confidence that bits won’t get flipped and turn a $375 transaction into a $3.75 sale. The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 platform helps you avoid such threats through the use of Intel® Run Sure Technology, which increases both data integrity and system uptime.

An ecosystem effort

This isn’t a platform we built in isolation. In developing this next generation of the Intel Xeon E7 family, we worked closely with our ecosystem of software partners. They are designing their applications to take advantage of the platform’s advanced architecture, including in-memory computing.

Our software partners are excited about the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that it will allow them to continue to evolve their mission-critical applications to take advantage of the latest x86 innovations. The platform will facilitate and accelerate their ongoing evolution away from proprietary UNIX platforms and into the world of open systems based on Linux and Windows® operating systems.

Let’s focus on the bigger issues

All of this should give you the confidence that you have a platform that is ready to run your mission-critical applications—such as online transaction processing—that require 24x7x365 availability. This level of confidence, in turn, allows you to focus your concerns on bigger issues—like using real-time advanced analytics to enable a transformation in the way you leverage your data and run your business.

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